What to Expect

team_membersThe field of sleep medicine is highly specialized and requires technical expertise. While you sleep, our technologist will be monitoring you via computer and camera; additionally, they will collect bio-electric signals which will be used to generate information for your physician. This material must be first scored by a technologist, then reviewed by a sleep physician in detail to reach the proper conclusions. The final interpretation of this study is based on these recordings, the technologist’s observations, your history (as provided by the sleep history questionnaire) and your referring physician’s information.


On the night of your study:

  • Please bring your night/bed attire to change into as well as any toiletries if you’d like to shower the next morning (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), medications, favorite pillow etc. We want you to be comfortable, but, for the purpose of the study, we require a top and bottom (shorts or pants) for night attire.
  • Please arrive freshly showered with your hair washed and dried. Do not apply make-up, face lotion or hair products such as mousse or gel. Lotions and hair products can interfere with the electrodes during the study. Deodorant is allowed. Please remove fingernail polish as it may interfere with oxygen saturation monitoring.
  • For men: Please shave. If you have a beard longer than 2 inches, please trim.
  • Please arrive on time for your appointment and please complete the attached paperwork prior to arrival. This will help the set-up process to go more quickly.
  • Take your usual medication(s) unless directed by your physician. Patients may bring any medication(s) that they will need that evening, i.e. sleep aid, diabetic needs (insulin), etc.
  • Do not take any naps on the day of your scheduled sleep study.
  • On the day of your study, limit your caffeine intake for the day, and slow your fluid intake towards the end of the day. Avoid any alcoholic beverages on the day of the study.
  • Please understand that your bedtime might be earlier or later than normal. If you have a normal bedtime prior to 9:00 p.m., please inform our schedule coordinator to ensure an 8:00 p.m. appointment.
  • Your study will end between the times of 5:30 a.m. and/or 6:00 a.m. If you need to awaken before then, please let us know before your test begins. If you require for someone to provide you transportation, please inform them of these times. The center will close at 7:00 a.m. so please be sure you have your pick up scheduled prior to that time.
  • If you have an allergy to latex, please inform your technician. To obtain the data for your study, electrodes will be attached to the scalp via a paste that will conduct electrical signals. This paste is very thick and will require warm water and shampoo to remove. Utilizing tape, sensors will be placed on face, neck, chest, and legs. Adhesive residue can be removed with soap and water. Showers are available for clean up after the study.
  • Video recording will begin with the application of electrodes.
  • Family members nor pets will not be allowed to stay during the test